History of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy
The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC) was originally formed as a California non-profit corporation in 1988 under the name Committee to Save Silver Lake's Reservoirs (CSSLR). It was created by concerned Silver Lake community members in response to LADWP's proposal to comply with federal water quality regulations by building a large, industrial-style filtration plant on the property (in the area of the current Meadow Park). It soon joined forces with a group of similarly situated citizens' groups in other Los Angeles reservoir communities, forming the Coalition to Preserve Open Reservoirs (CPOR).
As part of the settlement of a lawsuit against LADWP over EIR issues, CPOR member groups were granted a mandatory role in a citywide mediation process whereby LADWP agreed to work with reservoir communities in the design and construction of its anticipated reservoir projects. CSSLR was an active participant in that mediation process, even before a Silver Lake project was planned, especially in the creation of the Master Plan for the Silver Lake Reservoirs (approved by LADWP Board of Commissioners in 2000). CSSLR then spent over ten years working with the community, city council members, and city agencies to ensure that the community received the walking/jogging path and Meadow Park that it wanted. It also played a large role in LADWP's efforts and ultimate decision in the mid-2000s to relocate its Storage Replacement Project to the Headworks storage facility at the north end of Griffith Park.
In 2009/10, CSSLR undertook a strategic planning process which resulted in a revised mission statement and new name – the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy. Its Board of Directors remained unchanged, but it began to shift in focus to the imminent transition and advocating for longer-term changes at the reservoir property based on documented community wishes – a focus that continues today.
The Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy (SLRC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the historical, aesthetic, ecological, and recreational benefits of Silver Lake's open waters and surrounding open space. SLRC works to reflect community preferences regarding the property and advocates accordingly. While the reservoirs are part of the city water supply system, the SLRC will provide education about water quality, projects, and their impacts on the community. SLRC's vision is to facilitate the transition of the decommissioned reservoir property and to explore new opportunities regarding open space, education, recreation, watershed, wildlife, native plants, natural habitats, and land use once the reservoirs go offline.